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10. Joint Moments and Joint Characteristic

Functions
Following section 6, in this section we shall introduce
various parameters to compactly represent the information
contained in the joint p.d.f of two r.vs. Given two r.vs X and
Y and a function define the r.v

Using (6-2), we can define the mean of Z to be

(10-1)
) , ( Y X g Z =
), , ( y x g
. ) ( ) (

}
+

= = dz z f z Z E
Z Z

(10-2)
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However, the situation here is similar to that in (6-13), and
it is possible to express the mean of in terms
of without computing To see this, recall from
(5-26) and (7-10) that

where is the region in xy plane satisfying the above
inequality. From (10-3), we get

As covers the entire z axis, the corresponding regions
are nonoverlapping, and they cover the entire xy plane.
( ) ( )

A
e
A A =
A + s < = A = A + s <
z
D y x
XY
Z
y x y x f
z z Y X g z P z z f z z Z z P
) , (
) , (
) , ( ) (
(10-3)
z
D
A
) , ( Y X g Z =
) , ( y x f
XY
). (z f
Z
( , )
( ) ( , ) ( , ) .
z
Z XY
x y D
z f z z g x y f x y x y
A
e
A = A A

(10-4)
z
D
A
z A
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By integrating (10-4), we obtain the useful formula

or

If X and Y are discrete-type r.vs, then

Since expectation is a linear operator, we also get

( ) ( ) ( , ) ( , ) .
Z XY
E Z z f z dz g x y f x y dxdy
+ + +

= =
} } }
(10-5)
(10-6)

[ ( , )] ( , ) ( , ) .
XY
E g X Y g x y f x y dxdy
+ +

=
} }
[ ( , )] ( , ) ( , ).
i j i j
i j
E g X Y g x y P X x Y y = = =

(10-7)
( , ) [ ( , )].
k k k k
k k
E a g X Y a E g X Y
| |
=
|
\ .

(10-8)
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If X and Y are independent r.vs, it is easy to see that
and are always independent of each other. In that
case using (10-7), we get the interesting result

However (10-9) is in general not true (if X and Y are not
independent).
In the case of one random variable (see (10- 6)), we defined
the parameters mean and variance to represent its average
behavior. How does one parametrically represent similar
cross-behavior between two random variables? Towards
this, we can generalize the variance definition given in
(6-16) as shown below:
) ( X g Z =
)]. ( [ )] ( [ ) ( ) ( ) ( ) (
) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( )] ( ) ( [

Y h E X g E dy y f y h dx x f x g
dxdy y f x f y h x g Y h X g E
Y X
Y X
= =
=
} }
} }
+

+

+

+

(10-9)
) (Y h W =
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Covariance: Given any two r.vs X and Y, define

By expanding and simplifying the right side of (10-10), we
also get

It is easy to see that

To see (10-12), let so that
.
) ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) , (
__ __ ____
Y X XY
Y E X E XY E XY E Y X Cov
Y X
=
= =
(10-10)
(10-12)
| |. ) ( ) ( ) , (
Y X
Y X E Y X Cov =
(10-11)
, Y aX U + =
. ) ( ) ( ) , ( Y Var X Var Y X Cov s
{ } | |
. 0 ) ( ) , ( 2 ) (
) ( ) ( ) (
2
2
> + + =
+ =
Y Var Y X Cov a X Var a
Y X a E U Var
Y X

(10-13)
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The right side of (10-13) represents a quadratic in the
variable a that has no distinct real roots (Fig. 10.1). Thus the
roots are imaginary (or double) and hence the discriminant

must be non-positive, and that gives (10-12). Using (10-12),
we may define the normalized parameter

or

and it represents the correlation
coefficient between X and Y.
(10-14)
| | ) ( ) ( ) , (
2
Y Var X Var Y X Cov
, 1 1 ,
) , (
) ( ) (
) , (
s s = =
XY
Y X
XY
Y X Cov
Y Var X Var
Y X Cov

o o

a
) (U Var
Fig. 10.1
Y X XY
Y X Cov o o = ) , (
(10-15)
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Uncorrelated r.vs: If then X and Y are said to be
uncorrelated r.vs. From (11), if X and Y are uncorrelated,
then

Orthogonality: X and Y are said to be orthogonal if

From (10-16) - (10-17), if either X or Y has zero mean, then
orthogonality implies uncorrelatedness also and vice-versa.
Suppose X and Y are independent r.vs. Then from (10-9)
with we get

and together with (10-16), we conclude that the random
variables are uncorrelated, thus justifying the original
definition in (10-10). Thus independence implies
uncorrelatedness.
(10-16)
, 0 =
XY

, ) ( , ) ( Y Y h X X g = =
). ( ) ( ) ( Y E X E XY E =
. 0 ) ( = XY E
(10-17)
), ( ) ( ) ( Y E X E XY E =
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Naturally, if two random variables are statistically
independent, then there cannot be any correlation between
them However, the converse is in general not
true. As the next example shows, random variables can be
uncorrelated without being independent.
Example 10.1: Let ~ ~ Suppose X and Y
are independent. Define Z = X + Y, W = X - Y . Show that Z
and W are dependent, but uncorrelated r.vs.
Solution: gives the only solution set to be

Moreover
and
), 1 , 0 ( U X ). 1 , 0 ( U Y
| | , 2 , 2 , 1 1 , 2 0 w z w z w z w z > s s + < < < <
. 2 / 1 | ) , ( | = w z J
.
2
,
2
w z
y
w z
x

=
+
=
y x w y x z = + = ,
). 0 ( =
XY

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< s s + < < < <

=
, otherwise , 0
, | | , 2 , 2 , 1 1 , 2 0 , 2 / 1
) , (
z w w z w z w z
w z f
ZW
(10-18)
Thus (see the shaded region in Fig. 10.2)

and hence

or by direct computation ( Z = X + Y )
Fig. 10.2
1
1
w
z
2

< < =
< < =
= =
}
}
}

, 2 1 , 2
2
1
, 1 0 ,
2
1
) , ( ) (
2
2

z z dw
z z dw
dw w z f z f
-z
z-
z
z
ZW Z
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and

Clearly Thus Z and W are not
independent. However

and

and hence

implying that Z and W are uncorrelated random variables.

< <
< <
= =
, otherwise , 0
, 2 1 , 2
, 1 0 ,
) ( ) ( ) ( z z
z z
z f z f z f
Y X Z
(10-19)
(10-20)
). ( ) ( ) , ( w f z f w z f
W Z ZW
=
(10-21)
| | , 0 ) ( ) ( ) )( ( ) (
2 2
= = + = Y E X E Y X Y X E ZW E
0 ) ( ) ( ) ( ) , ( = = W E Z E ZW E W Z Cov
(10-22)

< <
= = =
} }

. otherwise , 0
, 1 1 |, | 1

2
1
) , ( ) (
| | 2

w w
dz dz w z f w f
w
|w|
ZW W
, 0 ) ( ) ( = = Y X E W E
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Example 10.2: Let Determine the variance of Z
in terms of and
Solution:

and using (10-15)

In particular if X and Y are independent, then and
(10-23) reduces to

Thus the variance of the sum of independent r.vs is the sum
of their variances
(10-23)
, 0 =
XY

. bY aX Z + =
Y X
o o ,
.
XY

( ) ( )
Z X Y
E Z E aX bY a b = = + = +
( )
( )
2
2 2
2 2 2 2
2 2 2 2
( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
( ) 2 ( )( ) ( )
2 .
Z Z X Y
X X Y Y
X XY X Y Y
Var Z E Z E a X b Y
a E X abE X Y b E Y
a ab b
o

o o o o
(
( = = = +

= + +
= + +
.
2 2 2 2 2
Y X Z
b a o o o + =
(10-24)
). 1 ( = = b a
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Moments:

represents the joint moment of order (k,m) for X and Y.
Following the one random variable case, we can define the
joint characteristic function between two random variables
which will turn out to be useful for moment calculations.
Joint characteristic functions:
The joint characteristic function between X and Y is defined
as

Note that
, ) , ( ] [

} }
+

+

= dy dx y x f y x Y X E
XY
m k m k
(10-25)
( )

( ) ( )

( , ) ( , ) .
j Xu Yv j Xu Yv
XY XY
u v E e e f x y dxdy
+ +
+ +

u = =
} }
(10-26)
. 1 ) 0 , 0 ( ) , ( = u s u
XY XY
v u
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It is easy to show that

If X and Y are independent r.vs, then from (10-26), we obtain

Also

More on Gaussian r.vs :
From Lecture 7, X and Y are said to be jointly Gaussian
as if their joint p.d.f has the form in (7-
23). In that case, by direct substitution and simplification,
we obtain the joint characteristic function of two jointly
Gaussian r.vs to be
.
) , ( 1
) (
0 , 0
2
2
= =
c c
u c
=
v u
XY
v u
v u
j
XY E
(10-27)
). ( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) , ( v u e E e E v u
Y X
jvY juX
XY
u u = = u
(10-28)
( ) ( , 0), ( ) (0, ).
X XY Y XY
u u v v u = u u = u
(10-29)
), , , , , (
2 2
o o
Y X Y X
N
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. ) ( ) , (
) 2 (
2
1
) (
) (
2 2 2 2
v uv u v u j
Yv Xu j
XY
Y Y X X Y X
e e E v u
o o o o + + +
+
= = u
(10-30)
Equation (10-14) can be used to make various conclusions.
Letting in (10-30), we get

and it agrees with (6-47).
From (7-23) by direct computation using (10-11), it is easy
to show that for two jointly Gaussian random variables

Hence from (10-14), in represents
the actual correlation coefficient of the two jointly Gaussian
r.vs in (7-23). Notice that implies
0 = v
, ) 0 , ( ) (
2 2
2
1
u u j
XY X
X X
e u u
o
= u = u
(10-31)
) , , , , (
2 2
o o
Y X Y X
N
. ) , (
Y X
Y X Cov o o =
0 =
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Thus if X and Y are jointly Gaussian, uncorrelatedness does
imply independence between the two random variables.
Gaussian case is the only exception where the two concepts
imply each other.
Example 10.3: Let X and Y be jointly Gaussian r.vs with
parameters Define
Determine
Solution: In this case we can make use of characteristic
function to solve this problem.
). , , , , (
2 2
o o
Y X Y X
N . bY aX Z + =
). (z f
Z
). , (
) ( ) ( ) ( ) (
) (
bu au
e E e E e E u
XY
jbuY jauX u bY aX j jZu
Z
u =
= = = u
+ +
(10-32)
). ( ) ( ) , ( y f x f Y X f
Y X XY
=
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From (10-30) with u and v replaced by au and bu
respectively we get

where

Notice that (10-33) has the same form as (10-31), and hence
we conclude that is also Gaussian with mean and
variance as in (10-34) - (10-35), which also agrees with (10-
23).
From the previous example, we conclude that any linear
combination of jointly Gaussian r.vs generate a Gaussian r.v.
, ) (
2 2 2 2 2 2 2
2
1
) 2 (
2
1
) ( u u j u b ab a u b a j
Z
Z Z Y Y X X Y X
e e u
o o o o o + + +
= = u
(10-33)
(10-34)
(10-35)
bY aX Z + =
. 2
,
2 2 2 2 2
Y Y X X Z
Y X Z
b ab a
b a
o o o o o

+ + =
+ =
A
A
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In other words, linearity preserves Gaussianity. We can use
the characteristic function relation to conclude an even more
general result.
Example 10.4: Suppose X and Y are jointly Gaussian r.vs as
in the previous example. Define two linear combinations

what can we say about their joint distribution?
Solution: The characteristic function of Z and W is given by

As before substituting (10-30) into (10-37) with u and v
replaced by au + cv and bu + dv respectively, we get
. , dY cX W bY aX Z + = + =
(10-36)
). , ( ) (
) ( ) ( ) , (
) ( ) (
) ( ) ( ) (
dv bu cv au e E
e E e E v u
XY
dv bu jY cv au jX
v dY cX j u bY aX j Wv Zu j
ZW
+ + u = =
= = u
+ + +
+ + + +
(10-37)
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, ) , (
) 2 (
2
1
) (
2 2 2 2
v uv u v u j
ZW
W Y X ZW Z W Z
e v u
o o o o + + +
= u
(10-38)
where

and

From (10-38), we conclude that Z and W are also jointly
distributed Gaussian r.vs with means, variances and
correlation coefficient as in (10-39) - (10-43).
, 2
, 2
,
,
2 2 2 2 2
2 2 2 2 2
Y Y X X W
Y Y X X Z
Y X W
Y X Z
d cd c
b ab a
d c
b a
o o o o o
o o o o o

+ + =
+ + =
+ =
+ =
(10-39)
(10-40)
(10-41)
(10-42)
.
) (
2 2
W Z
Y Y X X
ZW
bd bc ad ac
o o
o o o o

+ + +
=
(10-43)
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To summarize, any two linear combinations of jointly
Gaussian random variables (independent or dependent) are
also jointly Gaussian r.vs.

Of course, we could have reached the same conclusion by
deriving the joint p.d.f using the technique
developed in section 9 (refer (7-29)).
Gaussian random variables are also interesting because of
the following result:
Central Limit Theorem: Suppose are a set of
zero mean independent, identically distributed (i.i.d) random
Linear
operator
Gaussian input Gaussian output
) , ( w z f
ZW
n
X X X , , ,
2 1

Fig. 10.3
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variables with some common distribution. Consider their
scaled sum

Then asymptotically (as )

Proof: Although the theorem is true under even more
general conditions, we shall prove it here under the
independence assumption. Let represent their common
variance. Since

we have
.
2 1
n
X X X
Y
n
+ + +
=

(10-44)
n
). , 0 (
2
o N Y
2
o
, 0 ) ( =
i
X E
. ) ( ) (
2 2
o = =
i i
X E X Var
(10-45)
(10-46)
(10-47)
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Consider

where we have made use of the independence of the
r.vs But

where we have made use of (10-46) - (10-47). Substituting
(10-49) into (10-48), we obtain

and as
( )
[
[
=
=
+ + +
u =
= = = u
n
i
X
n
i
n u jX n u X X X j jYu
Y
n u
e E e E e E u
i
i n
1
1
/ / ) (
) / (
) ( ) ( ) (
2 1

(10-48)
. , , ,
2 1 n
X X X
,
1
2
1
! 3 ! 2
1 ) (
2 / 3
2 2
2 / 3
3 3 3 2 2 2
/
|
.
|

\
|
+ =
|
|
.
|

\
|
+ + + =
n
o
n
u
n
u X j
n
u X j
n
u jX
E e E
i i i
n u jX
i
o

(10-49)
,
1
2
1 ) (

2 / 3
2 2
n
Y
n
o
n
u
u
(

|
.
|

\
|
+ = u
o
(10-50)
2 2
/ 2
lim ( ) ,
u
Y
n
u e
o

u (10-51)
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. 1 lim
x
n
n
e
n
x

|
.
|

\
|
(10-52)
[Note that terms in (10-50) decay faster than
But (10-51) represents the characteristic function of a zero
mean normal r.v with variance and (10-45) follows.
The central limit theorem states that a large sum of
independent random variables each with finite variance
tends to behave like a normal random variable. Thus the
individual p.d.fs become unimportant to analyze the
collective sum behavior. If we model the noise phenomenon
as the sum of a large number of independent random
variables (eg: electron motion in resistor components), then
this theorem allows us to conclude that noise behaves like a
Gaussian r.v.
3 / 2
(1/ ) o n
3 / 2
1/ ]. n
2
o
since
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It may be remarked that the finite variance assumption is
necessary for the theorem to hold good. To prove its
importance, consider the r.vs to be Cauchy distributed, and
let

where each ~ Then since

substituting this into (10-48), we get

which shows that Y is still Cauchy with parameter
In other words, central limit theorem doesnt hold good for
a set of Cauchy r.vs as their variances are undefined.
.
2 1
n
X X X
Y
n
+ + +
=

(10-53)
). ( o C X
i
, ) (
| |u
X
e u
i
o
= u
(10-54)
( )
n
| |/
1
( ) ( / ) ~ ( ),
n
u n
Y X
i
u u n e C n
o
o

=
u = u =
[
(10-55)
. n o
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Joint characteristic functions are useful in determining the
p.d.f of linear combinations of r.vs. For example, with X and
Y as independent Poisson r.vs with parameters and
respectively, let

Then

But from (6-33)

so that
~
i.e., sum of independent Poisson r.vs is also a Poisson
random variable.
. Y X Z + =
(10-56)
). ( ) ( ) ( u u u
Y X Z
u u = u
(10-57)
) 1 ( ) 1 (
2 1
) ( , ) (

= u = u
ju ju
e
Y
e
X
e u e u

(10-58)
) ( ) (
2 1
) 1 )( (
2 1

+ = u
+
P e u
ju
e
Z
(10-59)
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